In their final home game of the season, Hilton Head Prep’s girls put it all together on both ends of the court. Avery Brothers and Ella Clark led the charge with 12 points each, and the Dolphins showcased pinpoint passing and stellar three-point shooting in the second half to defeat John Paul II 43-37 on Friday, winning their second game in two days.
Hilton Head Prep got off to a hot start, as a dialed-in Brothers scored five early points to begin the night on a 7-2 run. Maddie Heathcott cut the advantage to three on a rebound putback, but a stellar Clark feed to Annie Braun and a Haley Majors bucket gave the Dolphins a 12-6 advantage after one.
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The two squads traded buckets to start the second quarter. A persistent Heathcott found the bottom of the net after rebounding missed shots, but Clark struck right back with a three-pointer to extend the lead to seven. The point guard then delivered a beauty across the court to Avery Brothers, who drained a three to make it a 10-point game.
But the Golden Warriors dug in late, finishing the half on a 6-0 run thanks to three points by Taylor Michael and a flashy Bella Termini layup to cut the lead to four at the break.
John Paul II carried their newfound momentum into the second half, scoring six straight points after a Brothers layup to tie the game at 22. Termini dropped a dime to Caroline Gilmour, who laid it in to even the contest.
But the Dolphins wasted no time responding, as Haylee Hopman drained an open three before a filthy stepback triple from Clark put HHP back in command. Michael banked in a jumper to stop the run before a crazy play gave the Dolphins a seven-point lead. Clark aired out a deep pass for Emma Moore, who saved it from going out of bounds and found Hopman for a corner three to end the third quarter.
The Golden Warriors kept fighting in the fourth and cut the deficit to five several times, but HHP kept finding the answer to preserve the lead. Brothers continued her stellar night with a crafty finish at the rim before Clark went coast to coast on a terrific drive to the hoop, then found the reliable Moore inside to build the lead to seven.
Heathcott drained a three to make it interesting down the stretch, but a late JPII turnover put it out of reach before senior Sami Heginbottom scored the last two points in her final home game to seal the win.
John Paul II had three scorers in double figures. Heathcott led the way with 12 points, Michael scored 11, and Termini added 10.
Hilton Head Prep (7-8) gets a third crack at Hilton Head Christian Academy on Tuesday at the Island Rec Center.
John Paul II (6-9, 3-4) hosts Beaufort Academy on Tuesday.
Written by Wes Kerr